New Land Rover Defender available as 2573-piece Lego Technic set

2019 Lego Land Rover Defender revealed Opened together full-size car, the whole toy features true accurate bodywork and advanced sequential gearbox

Land Rover and toy maker Lego have teamed up to produce a 2573-piece scale model of the new Defender, leaving it next to a full-size car at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Described as "an icon of the car, you can build houses," the entire kit is based on the new short wheelbase 90 variant of the revived Land Rover 4x4, and will go on sale October 1st.

Like a true defender, the Lego variant works with a four-wheel-drive system, three differentials, fully independent suspension and a five-seat interior.

However, the kit is equipped with a number of features that are not standard on the new Defender. A working winch, not shown at the full-size car's launch, mounts to the front bumper, while a chunky roof rack and side ladder are a hint of off-road toys.

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Unlike the Land Rover, which will only be sold with an automatic transmission, Lego has equipped its Defender with the most sophisticated four-speed sequential unit yet.

Niels Henrik Horsted, marketing director for the Danish toy firm, said: “With every Lego piece, kids can build anything they can imagine. I'm very excited about this new model - a truly impressive piece of work from our Lego group.

“Together with Land Rover, we have blended elements, design and innovative technology into a set that shows the limitless creativity of Lego play, and that with Lego Technic you can truly create.”

While the true protector is available in a wide range of paint schemes, the model is finished in olive green. It measures 420mm long, 220mm maximum and 200mm wide.

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Pricing has yet to be officially confirmed by Lego, though reports suggest it will be available from £159 in the UK.

Ahead of the launch of the new Defender, more than 750 kilometers of testing took place in some of the "most adverse conditions" in the world. This included hot weather testing in Africa and North America, cold weather testing at -000 degrees C, testing at altitudes up to 40 feet and performance at the Nürburgring.

It is not yet known whether before the launch of the Lego test program held on the defender of the method was so extensive.

The Defender-Last Car Icon should be rendered in Lego shape and, like the Volkswagen Beetle and Type 2 Mini, Aston Martin DB5 and Routemaster Bus in the automotive theme of the Danish line-up engineering firm.

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